A report released today by the Guttmacher Institute shows that teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. have reached their lowest level in 40 years and that the nation’s teen birth rate declined by 35% from 1991 to 2008. A recent NPR article covers the report, highlighting that 7 percent of U.S. girls between ages 15 and 19 were pregnant in 2008, compared to 11 percent in 1990.
We recently updated teen birth data on kidsdata.org. These data show that California mirrors this nationwide trend with a nearly 50% decrease statewide in teen birth rates between ‘95 and ’09.
Want to see a visual display of declining teen birth rates across California counties? This interactive motion chart highlights the change. First click the bar graph tab toward the top and then press play. Hint: To follow the progression of a particular county, change the “order” pull-down from “data” to alphabetical, and select your county in the right column.